Seeing many waterfalls (but first you have to do a lot of steps)

trip to Blue Mountains, National Pass Hike from Wentworth Falls

Nothing in life is easy.  No pain no gain.  What goes up must come down.

So it is with hiking the most popular day trek in the Blue Mountains – the National Pass.  We’re not wimps and a few steps won’t hurt (until they do).

Actually, we should stop whining long enough to say this was a GREAT hike.  In fact, it was pretty much a perfect day.  We took a scenic early morning train from Sydney, Australia to Wentworth Falls in the Blue Mountains.  We knew we’d be hiking for most of the day, so we stopped to “fuel up” at the Blue Mist Café, directly across from the train station.  Corn cakes, salmon, eggs and avocado was Joe’s choice.  A “long black” for him. (That’s Australian for black coffee.) Beth had ricotta pancakes with fig-pear compote.  Lusciously rich hot chocolate for her. Smart stop as we were truly ready.

Our hike started at the nearby Conservation Hut where we picked up a map.  We surveyed the mountains and canyons from the overlook and then started down the many stairs.

trip to Blue Mountains, National Pass Hike from Wentworth Falls

Stairs were interspersed with views of waterfalls.  Water dripped from above, and the ferns filled the forest.

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At places, the trail hugged the canyon wall, and rocks jutted out over us, creating a waterfall just a few meters in front of us.

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A bug hopped on the lens (upper right) to be captured in the photo.

 

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trip to Blue Mountains, National Pass Hike from Wentworth Falls

The trail followed the green horizontal strip about halfway up the canyon wall. The views from the trail made our trek worth the effort.

After yet another great series of waterfalls, we came to a steep series of stone steps up, followed by another series of metal steps up.  We took a rest under some trees and watched a red wattlebird overhead.

trip to Blue Mountains, National Pass Hike from Wentworth Falls

The trail forked and we walked back on the Charles Darwin Trail along a gently flowing stream.  The sun dropped in the sky and birds gathered in the trees overhead.

We celebrated the day with a stop at a Chinese restaurant in Wentworth Falls before catching the train home.

At day’s end we agreed the National Pass rates as one of the best hikes we’ve done – and we’ve done many.  If you decide to do the National Pass, don’t let the stairs stop you. Just remember – no pain, no gain.  Also, what goes down must go up.

 

May 2014

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Beth and Joe enjoy simple travel.
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7 Responses to Seeing many waterfalls (but first you have to do a lot of steps)

  1. Don Maker says:

    We loved the Blue Mountains, and stayed an extra night. In our case, that particular hike was more like “Those who go down must hike back up”. Still, would not have missed it.

  2. Beautiful pictures, great philosophy and outlook on life! I hope you get to see (and photograph) many more marvellous places in the next few months and years…

    • Thanks for visiting and your kind words. We love to have company and to share our trip with others. It does seem that every day is a new adventure and perfect for a photo – or two or three.

  3. I’m pleased to see you made it to the Blue Mountains. It is so beautiful there and you picked a great walk. Your brekky sounded delicious too.

  4. Wow. Amazing. ( love your blog…. Love your life!)

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